Drainage issues can be a pain when you have to deal with them on your property. Water pooling in places or seeping under your foundation can cause problems that no property owner wants to face.

Fixing those drainage problems may require the installation of a French drain or a dry creek bed. Learn more about these drainage solutions and which one could be the best choice for your property in Washington, McMurray, Waynesburg, and surrounding cities in Pennsylvania.


Comparing French Drains to Dry Creek Beds

On the surface, French drains and dry creek beds may look similar to each other, but they are different and require different steps to install them. French drain installation is a bit more intricate, while dry creek beds require some design work.

The Cost of French Drains & Dry Creek Beds

Putting in French drains is definitely the more expensive option, as they will run about $20-$30 per linear foot. French drains do have more components than dry creek beds. Those will run about $5-$7 per linear foot, making them the more economical choice for correcting drainage problems on your property.

Process of Installing Dry Creek Beds & French Drains

Both French drains and dry creek beds require several steps to install them in a yard. Learn about the different processes.

French drain under construction in McMurray, PA.

Installing a French drain involves:

  • Digging a trench to redirect the flow of water
  • Smoothing the trench out and lining it with drain tiles
  • Putting in a perforated pipe
  • Placing pea gravel around the pipe and then covering the whole area with river rocks

Installing a dry creek bed requires:

  • Digging a trench of varying widths to resemble an actual river bed
  • Smoothing the trench out and covering it with landscape fabric to prevent weed growth
  • Lining the trench with river rock and then placing larger rocks around the edge to give it a nice aesthetic look
  • Installing plants around the dry creek bed to integrate it into the landscaping

Dry creek beds are designed to mimic the look and feel of an actual river flowing through your yard.

The Effectiveness of Both Options

Dry creek bed drainage feature installed in Waynesburg, PA.

Both French drains and dry creek beds are effective. French drains are often used to redirect gutter downspout water flow and dry creek beds keep landscaping and lawns from flooding. Either option is a good choice, but one may be better than the other depending on the specific drainage issue you have on your property. Our drainage experts will help you decide which one is best suited for your individual lawn or landscaping.


Wondering if you need a French drain or dry creek bed added to your property? Contact us to learn more.

For many years, the team at Dolan's Outdoor Services has designed and installed custom drainage solutions such as French drains and dry creek beds throughout Washington, McMurray, Waynesburg, and the nearby cities in Pennsylvania. If you are wondering about what type of drain your property may need, then contact us to learn more. We are available at (724) 350-1351 to chat with you and set up an estimate.